Longtime criminal sentenced to 30 years in prison

URBANA — A Champaign man with a criminal history dating to 1979 was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for having crack cocaine and a weapon more than a year ago.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd imposed the maximum term possible on Joseph Warren, 53, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Carver Drive.

Warren was convicted by a jury in May of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a weapon by a felon for having crack cocaine and a pistol on March 18, 2011.

He and co-defendant Kimberly Rosas, 27, who listed an address on North Busey Avenue, Urbana, were arrested when they left a motel on Anthony Drive in Champaign.

Police found a gun in Rosas' purse that had Warren's DNA on it. Police did a court-ordered search of the motel room they had been in and found 4.6 grams of crack cocaine, packaging materials for drugs and ammunition.

Rosas' case has not been resolved.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Warren has multiple prior felony convictions for burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance, obstructing justice, aggravated battery and possession with intent to deliver a look-alike substance. He also had several misdemeanor convictions including contributing to the delinquency of a child, theft, battery, domestic battery, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer.

Warren is also charged with delivery of a controlled substance for alleged drug sales on March 13 and April 20. Those cases were investigated by the Champaign County sheriff's office. Rosas was also charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in connection with those cases.

Both of them are due back in court July 31 on the latter charges.

If convicted of those, Warren would have to serve his sentence after the completion of his 30-year stint.

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